Promised Land

Posted on January 6, 2013


Promised Land – This is like a documentary made into a movie, kind of.  Matt Damon is Steve Butler a top rep for a natural gas company, Global.  Raised on a farm, he’s a natural to talk small town farmers into selling drilling rights to their land for big money.  Butler believes hydraulic fracturing, breaking underground rock layers with pressurized fluid, is a safe process and that taking the money is the only smart thing to do.  He and his partner, Sue (Frances McDormand), meet resistance right away in a town that values the land that’s been in their families for generations more than they value money.  Hard to believe, huh?

Dustin Noble (John Krasinski) shows up to teach townfolks that fracking can kill off vegetation and animals.  It’s not so much the process as it is all the chemicals that are used.  Steve keeps saying “I’m not the bad guy” but then wonders if maybe he is.  He’s sent proof that Dustin manipulated the evidence against Global, which looks good for his side until he finds out who Dustin really works for.  It’s a quiet little movie with some great music and beautiful land.  Hal Holbrook, looking like a white-haired old lady, plays a retired oil executive working as a science teacher. 

I haven’t paid a lot of attention to hydraulic fracturing but after this I will be more aware.  It makes you wonder if we’re all getting fracked.